Ernest (7747) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, candy sugar, gum, light notes of pepper and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Smells more like a big hefeweizen than a tripel, loaded with banana. Some nice character lurks beneath that (the pepper and yeast), but this is mostly a banana-and-sugar affair. As you might guess from that nose, it’s much too sweet in the mouth. This is pretty much the usual Americanized version of this style...overly estery and sweet. I prefer a more traditional/Belgian rendition (dry, yeasty, and more phenolic than estery). That said, this certainly isn’t terrible by any means but it’s not really a tripel-head’s tripel. onceblind (10103) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Tap @ brewery. Crystal clear light gold with a thin spotty head. Funky spicy grain aroma with tones of dusty coriander, pale grains, and a subtle yeasty spiciness. Taste was exact the same. Crisp yet medium on the palate, but with an odd combo of flavors--pale grain, funky dusty yeast, some coriander, not much else. drjay44 (3772) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Growler shared with Gabe. Pours an initially fluffy, rapidly collapsing white head, with attractive lacing, over a clear, dark yellow (SRM 5) body.....nose is bubblegum/banana, with honey and floral tones....taste is quite sweet to start, with layers of honey, and additional candi sugar tones, finishing with light spice and a bit of pepper......mouth feel is light and slightly hot, carbonation is medium and adds a nice mouth feel. There is no doubt this is a Triple, but it is overly sweet, and the complex phenols and esters are not there. BJCP 5/3/12/4/6 notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Draft - clear golden pour - like most american-made tripels, this one is really honey sweet - a bit too much so - flavors of pear and apple - some toasted grain and spicy character, as well as a light bitterness try to balance this out, but do kind of a half-assed job - there are some decent aspects, it is just a bit cloying. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
(Draught) Pours a clear yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of butter, yeast, and candi sugar. Flavor of coriander, burnt grain, yeast, and pear with a dry finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours bright flourescent yellow with a big poofy white head. Very grainy and malty in a just-sparged way. This beer was disappointingly light. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Earlier Rating: 2/10/2007 Total Score: 3.7
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours golden with a large white head. Aromas of perfume and bubble gum and cotton candy. This has a solid tripel hoppy medicinal taste and a drying finish. Pretty darn good.
tap at brewery. golden pour wtih thin head and lacing. bubble gum, yeast and spice aroma. up front sweet and sugary. not very subtle. Ratman197 (15109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Growler poured a clear gold with a lasting ring of off white foam. Aromas of pear, apple, spice, light pineapple and light cookie. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of pear, apple, spice and light cookie with a smooth sweet finish. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. clear straw with white head. stale, peppery nose. gross. wheaty, orange peel, and yeasty. not good. BeerandBlues2 (13646) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Draught at brewery. Pours clear light yellow with an average white frothy head, somewhat diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (dough, barnyard) with notes of light alcohol, banana, pineapple and vegetable. Medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation and bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.